WASHINGTON -- President Reagan has nominated Jane Abell Coon, a career diplomat, as ambassador to Bangladesh, setting the stage for a husband and wife ambassadorial team on the Indian subcontinent.
Carlton Coon, another career diplomat and Mrs. Coon's husband, was nominated earlier to be U.S. ambassador to Nepal. Coon previously served in the U.S. Embassy in Katmandu and Mrs. Coon had diplomatic assignments in India and Pakistan.
Mrs. Coons, 52, has been deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs since 1979. She will succeed David T. Schneider.
In another appointment announced Thursday, Maxwell M. Rabb, a New York attorney and secretary to the Eisenhower Cabinet, was nominated to be ambassador to Italy.
If confirmed by the Senate, Rabb, 70, a prominent Republican, will succeed Richard Gardiner, who has resigned. There were reports of some opposition to the Rabb appointment in Italian government circles when it was first floated by the administration.
Reagan also announced he is nominating Kansas City, Mo., banker Charles H. Price II as ambassador to Belgium. Price, 50, chairman of the Board of the American Bank and Trust Company of Kansas City, will succeed Anne Cox Chambers.
Charles W. Bray II, a former State Department spokesman and career diplomat, was nominated as ambassador to the Republic of Senegal. Bray, 57, deputy director of the International Communication Agency, will succeed Walter C. Carrington.
Quoting administration sources, The Washington Post said other nominations decided upon by the administration include:
--Ronald I. Spiers, director of the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research, as ambassador to Pakistan.
--Harry G. Barnes, director general of the foreign service, to be ambassador to India.
--Michael A. Armacost, a deputy assistant secretary of state in the department's East Asian bureau, to be ambassador to Indonesia.
--Arthur W. Hummel Jr., a career diplomat, to be ambassador to China.
--Arthur A. Hartman, ambassador to France, to be ambassador to the Soviet Union.
--William Dyess, former State Department spokesman, to be ambassador to the Netherlands.
--George S. Vest, former assistant secretary of state for European Affairs, to be the new U.S. representative to the European Economic Community.
--Thomas R. Pickering, a career diplomat, to be ambassador to Nigeria.
--Michael H. Newlin, a career diplomat, to be ambassador to Algeria.
--Robert P. Paganell, the No. 2 diplomat in the Rome Embassy, to be ambassador to Syria.
--Robert Strausz-Hupe, a diplomat and academician, to be ambassador to Turkey.
--Monteagle Sterns, former ambassador to the Ivory Coast, to be ambassador to Greece.
--Richard L. Walter, an Asian specialist at the University of South Carolina, to be ambassador to South Korea.
There was no confirmation of the Post's reports.